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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

 

If you have any questions about a concrete pump or the concrete mixes we supply, contact us. Or you can check out some of the frequently asked questions below. Hopefully they can help you and if not, our concrete specialists will be more than happy to.

Depending on the size as follows: - 6m3 truck 26 tonnes; 4m3 truck 18 tonnes; 3m3 truck 15.7 tonnes. Can I cancel a delivery once placed? Yes, provided we have not batched the concrete already. Generally, cancellations less than 2 hours before delivery may not be possible to cancel due to the above.

Once the concrete arrives on site, you will normally have between 1 and 2 hours to place, level and compact the concrete and to finish the surface.

You should ensure that the (agreed) area for the pump is accessible and clear for set up and access for the mixers. If possible, provide a bag of cement for grouting the line (otherwise we can provide another product at a small charge). Should there be nowhere available under your responsibility to wash out the hopper of the pump after finishing the pour, then you must provide a box 1.5m by 1.5m by 0.3m high lined with plastic that we can use. The waste is your responsibility to move and dispose of.

Provided the concrete can be remixed (and resold) in accordance with the time limits within our policy on returned concrete, there will be no charge, however we cannot always guarantee this and will advise you of this at the time. If we do have to bring back concrete and dispose of it, we will have to charge you for its disposal, which will cost £200 per m2. It would be better if you could pre-plan an area where you could use any excess.

We allow 30 minutes on site time included in our price, regardless of the load size. Any excess on site time is charged at £1.65 + VAT per minute, after 30 minutes.

Provided the vehicle can turn in so that it is square to the entrance and provided there are no overhanging trees or other obstructions at height, the minimum width required is 2.7m or 8ft 10 inches. Please remember that in general, minimix trucks are the same width as larger trucks. They only differ in their shorter length and hence turning circle and manoeuvrability. The chutes reach approximately up to 2.4m from the back of the truck or 1.2m from the side of the truck.

Although this depends on the size of the barrow and the degree of filling, there are generally between 20 and 24 wheelbarrows in a m3 of concrete. This concrete will weigh in the region of 100 – 120kgs (16 stone) which is more than the weight of an average man.

The driver will discharge into wheelbarrows; however, you should advise us of this at the time you place the order, otherwise you may cause delays to other customers. If you consider it necessary, you should protect pavements and roads in case of spillage. The driver will of course help to wash down this area after delivery, although we will not accept responsibility for cleaning any spillage. Unfortunately, our drivers are too busy operating the mixer to be able to help with the laying or barrow.

Should you be in the building industry and a regular user, subject to satisfactory references, we can offer credit account facilities. Otherwise, we offer credit / debit card at order placement time and cash at point of delivery. We do however reserve the right to charge for credit card transactions.

Square sided footings or slabs multiply the length by the width by the depth. Useful conversions: - 1 linear metre (m)=100 centimetres=1000 millimetres;1 foot=0.3m,6 inches=0.15m,4 inches=0.1m;1 cubic yard=0.75m3. Area of a right-angle triangle=half base x height. Area of a circle is r ² or (d ²)/4 where r is the radius and d is the diameter of the circle measured in metres.

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Concrete Shed Base in Bristol
28th July 2017

Building a concrete shed base in Bristol

 

At Wright Minimix, we believe in using and providing the very best concrete mixes for our customers. From DIY projects in the garden to large scale building projects, we provide quality concrete and excellent service to all of our customers. If you’re thinking of building a shed base this summer then we can help. With our experience in the concrete industry, we’re able to reach all industrial and residential locations with one of our versatile pump trucks. To find out more about our concrete shed services, contact us on 0117 958 2090 or read on below to start building your concrete shed base in Bristol.

Preparing your shed base

 

Putting together a shed base is by no means an easy feat, especially if it’s your first time. It’s not something to be rushed and whether it’s a shed base or concrete base for another structure – patience is key. Before you can begin with pouring concrete mix for your shed base, you must first construct the foundations of your concrete base. This usually requires damp proofing and the excavation of your plot to be longer and wider than the shed base itself. Our range of concrete mix is perfect for all DIY work, including shed base foundations and concrete sheds.

It is essential that the foundations of a concrete base are constructed on firm, solid ground as to ensure the pegs will remain rigid when compacting scalpings. ‘Scalpings’ are small, stone crushed aggregates that support the foundation of your shed base and is something we can supply when delivering your concrete mix. Afer the base area is ready, and the pegs are tightly in place, you can begin putting together the timber framework ready for the concrete mix.

Building a sturdy concrete base

 

Using tanalised timber formwork, you can begin putting together your above-ground base. The framework is to be placed along the line of pegs, which are then banged into place. This will form your timber shed base which is nearly ready for concrete to be added. Next, take your spirit level and measure around every dimension of your shed foundation – making sure it is completely level. If not properly level, the concrete base could become slanted once set or flow over an uneven side when poured. If you are having any difficulties with your shed foundation, you can contact one of our friendly team for help and advice on next steps.

When you have perfectly aligned your shed foundation, the concrete mix can now be placed within the shed base foundation. Using a high-grade concrete mix is important at this stage.  Working with substandard ready mix concrete or poor slump will leave you with an unsafe shed base that cannot properly support the shed. If you are experienced in laying concrete and are looking for a quality concrete mix, you can use our concrete calculator and call our team for a quote.

Laying the concrete for your concrete base

 

Placing the concrete within your shed foundation is a two-person task, and can be very tough getting it done on your own. Once your concrete mix is ready to be poured into your shed foundation, apply it evenly until full. Using some spare timber, spread the concrete flat across your shed foundation. Doing this will make your shed base nice and smooth on top and leave it with a professional finish.

Another good practice is to knock two of the timber edges at the same time which will vibrate the concrete into place and ensure there are no small gaps within the shed base. This technique is called ‘tamping’ and is professional practice when building a concrete base. Now that you have tamped your shed foundation and smoothed over the top of the shed base, you can tap around the outside of the timber shed foundation with a claw hammer. This will alleviate any additional air bubbles and gaps within the concrete base.

Thinking of building a shed base or concrete garage?

 

Our unrivalled reputation within the concrete industry comes from our quality concrete mixes and service excellence. We’re proud to be able to provide a high-grade concrete mix for all types of projects. So if it’s for commercial projects or a DIY shed base, call one of our experienced team today on 0117 958 2090 to find out how we can help with your concrete shed base in Bristol.

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Concrete Shed Base in Gloucester
28th July 2017

Concrete shed base in Gloucester

 

If you’re looking for a concrete base for your shed Wright Minimix can help. We provide concrete for DIY in and around the home and garden, so if you don’t need large volumes of concrete mix for your concrete sheds or concrete garages we can help you out. We understand access restrictions for residential locations and provide flexible logistics when delivering to difficult access locations. Head over to our concrete calculator page to find out how much concrete mix you require, and contact us on 0117 958 2090 for more information on starting your concrete shed base in Gloucester.

Building a shed base

 

Building a shed base in time for the summer can be a time-consuming process – especially if you’re restricted to only working on it during the weekends. Constructing the shed foundation prior to pouring concrete often requires damp proofing and digging foundations slightly wider and longer than the base for your shed. At Wright Minimix we provide DIY concrete for all types of DIY Shed base projects. We have a huge range of concrete mixes available and supply concrete for all applications.

All concrete sheds should be built on firm enough ground to ensure the pegs for foundations sit firmly in place and will not move when compacting scalpings prior to working on your concrete base. Scalpings are made up of stone crushed aggregate and are something we offer at Wright Minimix alongside our shed base and concrete base services. Once your base area is ready and the pegs are tightly in place, you are ready to prepare your timber framework for the concrete mix.

Concrete base

 

Creating an above ground base requires tanalised timber formwork to be laid out along the line of pegs. They are then banged in to hold the timber in place ready for the pouring of cement mix for your concrete base. Once the timber framework is in place, your shed base is nearly ready for concrete! Using a spirit level, ensure the shed foundation or timber framework for your concrete base is level across all dimensions. If you are having trouble with aligning your timber foundations and need assistance or directions with constructing your shed base, contact one of our concrete base experts who can provide professional information on shed bases.

Once your foundations are perfectly in place, you are ready to mix and place the concrete mix into the shed base foundations. It is imperative to have a high-quality concrete mix as a concrete mix that has poor slump may end up eroding or provide insufficient support once hardened. We offer a large range of concrete mixes for specific projects and provide free, professional quotes on all concrete sheds and concrete garages. If you are experienced in concrete mixing and placement then check out our concrete calculator page where you can measure the exact volume of concrete needed for you shed base.

The concrete base for your shed

 

Completing a concrete shed base on your own is extremely difficult and will require the help of a second person. You have now finished mixing concrete and are ready to place the concrete mix into the shed base foundations. Pour evenly across the foundations until full, and using a spare piece of timber, spread the concrete across the top of the shed base foundation. This will allow your concrete base to level out and provide a smooth top to your concrete shed base.

You can also tap together to two ends of the framework at the same time, which vibrates the concrete into place and helps it find its own level – this is referred to as tamping and is an excellent practice in making sure your concrete base is level. Once smooth on top, have a wander around the shed base framework and gently tapping the timber with a claw hammer. This will vibrate out any small air bubbles trapped between the frame and the concrete base.

Building a shed base or concrete garage?

 

At Wright Minimix there is no job too big or too small. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide prescribed and custom concrete mixes for any and all projects. From large commercial projects to DIY projects in your back garden – our experienced concrete experts can mix and place any of our quality assured concrete mixes. So, if you’re looking to build a new shed base or need a concrete shed base in Gloucester, call us at Wright Minimix today on 0117 958 2090.

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What are the advantages of liquid screed?
28th July 2017

There are many benefits to using liquid screed over more traditional methods of traditional sand and cement screed. These advantages particularly apply to the use of floor screed in underfloor heating.

Liquid screed has unique properties that are vital to the effectiveness of underfloor heating. The properties of this unique floor screed allow the effective and efficient transfer of heat from the pipework to the room to where the heat is required. Incorporating liquid screed into your underfloor heating helps increase warm up response times and this in turn will help reduce fuel costs too.

Another advantage of liquid screed is that our Wrightflow screed covers the pipework completely, therefor eliminating any potential gaps of air that could prevent the heat from rising. By utilising liquid screed, you will see a significant improvement of heat transference effectiveness.

Our cement-based liquid screed removes the need to have your floor sealed prior to laying the latex, adhesive or indeed any other cement-based product. Not only can be used on dry areas, but it can also be used on we areas too (as the strength of the liquid screed) is not degraded.

We can provide our unique Wrightflow liquid screed on a supply and lay basis which can be delivered to all areas within the South West of England and South Wales. From Bristol and Bournemouth to Poole and Plymouth to Swindon and Swansea, we have your liquid screed needs covered.  

Our unique liquid screed is designed to achieve optimum results and to be used in not just underfloor heating but for in all aspects of construction, so whether you require liquid screed for a building refurbishment, a new property or any kind of renovation work, you will find that our liquid screed delivers. Contact a member of our friendly team to discuss how we can help you with your liquid screed needs.

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Wright Minimix New Website Launch
28th July 2017

It has been an incredibly busy year so far, but one of our objectives for 2017 was to improve our website. 

After careful consideration, we opted to use one of the leading website agencies in the South West, Bespoke4Business who have created hundreds of websites for clients across a wide range of sectors, including for our colleagues at Nationwide Concreting.

Bespoke4Business have created a best in class website that truly delivers on what was requested by the Wright Mini Mix team. Their aim was to create a website design which fuses both the heritage and tradition of Wright Mini Mix, as well as adding a contemporary twist to showcase our modern and progressive approach to providing high levels of customer servicing and innovative approaches to concreting.

As you can see, our new website has a new improved look and functionality, but we have retained key features that we know our customers find useful such as our concrete calculator which has also seen a bit of a facelift in terms of aesthetics and functionality.

The new website contains information about all of our key products including our renowned ready mix concrete, our liquid screed and of course, our range of concrete pumps including our Innovative Mini Pump

Our aim was to make finding the information required on all aspects of concreting as easily as possible. The website also contains links to our new social media accounts which includes Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, why not give us a follow to hear the very latest from the world of Wright Mini Mix.

As a company that prides itself on quality and innovation, it was vitally important that our new website reflects these values and more and we feel that our new website absolutely demonstrates this.

Thank you so much to the Bespoke4Business team for your hard work on this project – we love it!

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